MEDFORD, Ore. -- The operations director of a Southern Oregon vineyard has taken a leave of absence after disclosure that he faces a federal charge of engaging in sex with a woman he was sitting with during a commercial flight to Las Vegas.
The Mail Tribune reported Monday that Troon Vineyards issued a statement from Chris Martin, the son of owner Larry Martin, saying news accounts have misrepresented what happened, but he has been advised by counsel not to give his own account. He apologized for the adverse attention.
Troon announced on its Facebook page that Martin has taken a leave of absence.
In an affidavit supporting charges of lewd acts on an airplane against Martin and a woman named Jessica Stroble, an FBI agent wrote that passengers saw them repeatedly engaging in oral sex during an Allegiant Airlines flight last June from Medford to Las Vegas.
A report on the Smoking Gun website (warning adult content) includes a link to the federal criminal complaint that led to the accusations.